Today I witnessed a growth in confidence which will last a lifetime.
After postponements, set-backs, cancellations and more, this year’s Crosby residential was finally able to take place.
The goal of CMT’s residential is to help our apprentices ‘explore and develop the behaviours of flexibility, resilience and responsiveness (and a few other skills) through experiential learning with a sense of adventure and to provide a memorable learning experience’.
This year’s residential achieved just that. Learning about themselves, their impact on others and how the behaviour of others can affect their own mindset can, at first, be uncomfortable but so very valuable.
In preparation for the activities and time spent together, they highlighted their behaviours, comfort zones and areas of emotional intelligence that they expected be tested and developed. The rationale for this was to bring awareness of these to the forefront and help them recognise individual and team growth, frustrations and needs of others as well as themselves. They were asked to ‘embrace the adventure and overcome any self-limiting beliefs, try something new and push personal boundaries’.
Across the days, many personal boundaries were pushed, energy was radiated, fears were overcome, new experiences were embraced and self-awareness was raised through opportunities to reflect and ask “I feel like this, why is that, what can I do about it?”
Emma’s training session on self-management taking place on day one.
Matthew Hawkswood an HR Level 3 Apprentice from Mitchell’s & Butlers said, “This time last week I was heading into Snowdonia to my apprenticeship residential to help build my resilience, flexibility and responsiveness. My thoughts were obviously with the current situation but knew we would be safe and well looked after.
The first afternoon was spent getting to know each other and doing a little team building.
Day 2 consisted of some coasteering in a very calm sea and day 3 some fun on the lake.
I can already hear some of you saying, “just a jolly then,” but I can assure you it wasn’t, the days were long and full of extra learning with all that we did being linked back to our 3 main objectives. I can honestly say I have taken so much away from the experience and I can use so much in my role but also in my own life.
So thanks to Crosby Management Training and of course Mitchell’s and Butlers for the opportunity.”
“Fun on the lake” as described by Matt, on day three of the residential.
Allan Mole an L&D Level 5 Apprentice from TalkTalk commented, “Great couple of days, really enjoyed meeting everyone and having the chance to have those experiences together! Plenty to think about now!”
Natalie Pocock an L&D Level 5 Apprentice from the University or Warwick also commented, “Such a brilliant learning experience and a great opportunity to meet other apprentices. Thanks everyone 🙂”
A big thankyou from Crosby to all apprentices, instructors and colleagues who were able to make this trip happen!
Coasteering activity day on two.
Residential group photo at Llyn Pardarn.